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Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years

Sisters’ sponsored cycle ride in memory of uncle lost to brain tumour

Sisters’ sponsored cycle ride in memory of uncle lost to brain tumour

Three sisters who lost their uncle to a brain tumour are setting off on a sponsored cycle ride to raise money for research into the disease.

Farmer and keen hunting man Adam Forster passed away at the age of 42, less than a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour.

Now his nieces are saddling up to cycle 16 miles along the disused railway line from Stanhope to Consett in his memory. The event is being organised by Gracie Robson, aged nine, and she will be joined by sisters Ellie, 12, and Lauren, 14. Also pedalling alongside them will be their mum Kerry and grandfather Terry Forster.

Adam, who farmed at Camperdown, Shotley Bridge, and followed the Braes of Derwent and Tynedale and Haydon hunts, died in May 2014. He adored his nieces and Gracie is hoping that her event will help to raise awareness of the disease which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet has been allocated just 1% of the national spend on cancer research.

Proud mum Kerry, Show Secretary for the Northumberland County Show, said: “Somehow Adam found the strength to cope. He was a trooper and his concern was always for others.

“His tumour was a grade four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the worst it could possibly be. I don't think Adam really knew how high-grade his tumour was, but he was aware that it was inoperable and the prognosis was bleak; he had probably just two years to live, five years at best. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy began and that took us up to March and he lived for just two months after that.

“We feel very strongly about the dreadful underfunding for research into brain tumours and are sharing Adam’s story in the hope it will raise awareness. The girls’ schools have taken part in the Brain Tumour Research’s annual fundraiser Wear A Hat Day and we have been doing other fundraising for the charity in memory of Adam.

“Fundraising for Adam has definitely helped the girls to cope with their loss and I am proud that they will be doing this ride in memory of their uncle on 27th August. Adam was a very private man in his illness but he would be proud to think that by talking about what happened to him we are making a difference for other people.”

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Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK focused on funding sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours. We are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.

We are campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia. The charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.

Key statistics on brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • They kill more children than leukaemia
  • They kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
  • They kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
  • In the UK 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers
  • Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.

Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source when using this information. Additional facts and statistics are available from our website including our latest Report on National Research Funding. We can also provide case-studies and research expertise for media.